Sooooooo truth be told it was a busy weekend, but not necessarily the kind of busy that’s worth talking about. Like, dog-sitting for my in-laws, doing umpteen loads of laundry, and snapchatting the hell out of my baby. 

So rather than try really hard to make diaper changes and grocery shopping sound exciting, I figured I’d cut the chit chat and share a few photo highlights from our weekend. 

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After wayyyy too many days on shift, we finally got this guy back, and celebrated with a little family walk. 

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Lazy Saturday morning hangs with this thumb-loving babe.

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Saturday night, my mom came to visit, so Zo and I took her to one of our favorite restaurants for a girl’s dinner.

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And Zoey’s face when my mom asked, “So are we getting dessert?” PRICELESS.

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Happy Monday! 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • karlee

    Zoe is so precious! I was just wondering, do you use cloth diapers? I don’t have babies yet (but want them eventually!) and I’d love to see a post on stuff like thatReplyCancel

    • natalie

      We do!! I’ve thought about blogging about it, but didn’t know if a post on baby poop would be of interest haha, but maybe it will! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Your baby is so stinking cute I can’t handle it.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Girl, I can just BARELY handle it. She’s the best. :)ReplyCancel

  • Those tiny little headbands! Swoooon!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      She’s dressed better than me a solid 99% of the time!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey

    I have missed your posts so much! I first got into your blog through running and then while I was planning my wedding, I stalked the hell out of your wedding posts lol. Now that I’m married and looking forward to having children, I am LOVING all that you are posting; your daughter is just SO ADORABLE!ReplyCancel

Hey-o it’s Friday! Everybody’s favorite day. We’re headed into a much much much much much needed weekend, so how about celebrating with a few Friday Favorites?

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

Y’all – I’m not a fan of podcasts…I am a podcast JUNKIE. So much to where I pretty much no longer listen to music. It is always and forever, a podcast. I love Radiolab, and this recent spin-off tells the stories behind some of the Supreme Court’s biggest rulings. If you have a long commute, or like me – just can’t stand silence, More Perfect is absolutely worth a listen.

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Passion Peach Iced Tea 

The average July temperature here is about a thousand and one degrees, so I’m drinking iced any and everything. When I’m not in the mood for iced coffee (rare, but yes it does happen) I usually opt for a passion iced tea. Recently I tried it with just a little bit of peach and holy refreshment, it is delicious! 

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Cooked 

I think everybody knew about Cooked but me, but this show? It’s AWESOME. What sounds like something you’d find on Food Network is actually a 4 part documentary about the traditions and evolution of cooking. It’s super eye opening, surprisingly scientific, and has me totally inspired to spend more time in the kitchen.  

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New Nursery Wall Art

My friend Katie has the cutest Etsy shop, and after taking a long and well-deserved break for maternity leave, she’s back in business starting July 25! She makes gorgeous custom watercolors, but is also adding something new…these beautiful custom painted wood slices!

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I’ve been so lazy about making girly changes to the nursery since Zoey was born. Partly because it was pretty gender neutral to begin with, but also because who has time to decorate with an infant? Well, plenty of people, you might say. But none of whom are me. 

Anyway, this week Katie made this perfect floral Z this week for Zo’s room, and I’m SO excited to finally have something to fill the blank space where the “W” once was. And my apologies for taking this photo in the absolute worst lighting of the day, but still – it’s so pretty! 

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Daring Greatly

If you’ve ever watched one of Brene Brown’s TED talks, you know her books are good stuff. Daring Greatly has gotten a ton of hype, and I have to say it’s been a great read! I find myself making my way through it very slowly, going back, re-reading, and underlining a ton. It’s definitely a thoughtful read, but one that I highly highly recommend.

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Dallas Clayton Instagram

Everyone needs a few feel-good Instagram accounts in their feed, right?  Well look no further than Dallas Clayton. He’s a children’s book author/illustrator, and creative genius, and his posts always make me smile. 

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And that’s it for Friday Favorites! I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Sleep in a little, have a second glass of wine, and go make some memories for Monday, okay?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • HEATHER

    Thanks for the podcast recommendation. I love all the crime/criminal podcasts i can find like Criminal, Undisclosed and Serial. Ill have to check More Perfect out!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Girl it is SOOOOOOO good. I genuinely feel like I’m learning so much about the criminal justice system and federal law, it’s so interesting!ReplyCancel

  • That tea is my favorite, especially during the summer! So delicious!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      YASSSSSS girl! The only problem is that coffee in the morning + tea in the afternoon = me spending all of my life saving’s. YIKES.ReplyCancel

I’ve got like ten minutes to crank this out before my tiny human wakes up from her super short late afternoon/early evening nap. STOP IT NATALIE WE ARE ON THE CLOCK WE DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR NONSENSICAL INTRODUCTORY SENTENCES.

Basically, I’m here to word dump. I’m here to dump words. All over you. 

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I know that Thursday evenings are not the ideal time to post. I get it. But I struggle with this blog. I really do. Because I LOVE it. And because I want to blog every day. But I also want to shower and every day and we all know that ain’t happening. So instead I check in whenever I have news, am feeling ambitious, or have a cute picture that I want the world to see. Oh you mean like today? NO. Never. That doesn’t sound like me at all.

In other news…

Zo moved into her crib this week. Cue the symphony of sad tiny violins because oh my heart, I miss her. I completely expected her to hate it because isn’t transitioning to the crib supposed to be hard and terrible? But y’all I swear the kid hasn’t even NOTICED. And yes, I’m heartbroken. I had no timeline in my head of when she would move into her nursery because I really genuinely loved co-sleeping*. It was so easy, and it worked so very well for us! I’m the laziest mom on planet earth, and it was so convenient to just throw her on the boob every time she stirred.

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(Yes, those are donuts in the bassinet. And WAHHHH what happened to my tiny newborn?!)

But lately she’s been waking so much, and I started to think maybe it was her becoming a light sleeper. I think Taylor and I coming into the room to get in bed was starting to wake her out of a deep sleep, and probably the same for any time he snored or I tossed and turned. She’s been napping full time in her crib since she was around 10 weeks, so on Sunday night I just thought, what the hell – we’ll try it. I laid her down in there and she fell right to sleep (pretty typical) and slept happily until 2am, nursed, slept until 5:45, nursed, and fell back asleep until 8.

I MEAN WHAT THE WHAT. That’s a damn good night of baby sleep y’all! So I’m not here to say she’s fully moved into her crib, I’m just here to say she’s sleeping longer and harder (and so am I) and it came without any tears at all so HALLELUJAH.

*(Oh and in case you’re wondering the internet and all the baby sleep/attachment parenting peeps tell me that co-sleeping is defined as room sharing, while bed-sharing means literally sleeping with your babe all snuggled up next to you in bed. I am totally neutral on all fronts, because I applaud baby sleep in general, no matter where it takes place. Zo sleeping next to me in her bassinest worked super well for us!) 

Last week I wrote a long and almost painfully rambly email to a pregnant friend full of all my baby gear recommendations. Things I love(d). Things I hate(d). Things I feel are worth the money and things I feel are a total waste. Would anyone (Bueller…Bueller) be interested in that for a blog post? Is anyone pregnant? Is EVERYONE pregnant? Discuss. I’ll be here, waiting.

Travel season is almost upon us! This fall we are going SO MANY PLACES. Okay, not so many. Two. We’re going two places. Both of the Allisons in my life are getting married, both out of state! Alli is getting married in Estes Park, CO in August, and Allison is getting married in Bend, OR in September! 

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LOLOL look some Allisons.

So Colorado and Oregon – here we come! Two beautiful states in two months. I can’t WAIT. Basically this year wedding season = travel season and I could not be more stoked about it. I’ve never flown with an infant, but I’ve barely flown with a husband, so we’ll be totally fine, right? Right. 

I’ve made it my personal life goal to try every drink that Starbuck’s can concoct. So when they were like, “Try our Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato! Coconut milk mixed with espresso and a hint of white chocolate, drizzled with mocha and caramel sauce.” I was like,

“OKAY.”

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But y’all….it was the disappointment of the season. OF THE SEASON I SAY. It was a $5 cup of sub-par chocolate coconut milk (where was the coffee?!) and I’ll stick with regular iced coffee from here on out thankyouverymuch. That is, until the caramel brulee latte makes its wintry comeback. I love you CBL, I love you…

If I hear one more word about the mother-loving Nordstrom Anniversary sale I’m going to burn the place to the ground. Okay, you’re right. That was a touch dramatic, I know. But honestly internetfor the love of God – WE GET IT.

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I’m hating pretty hard, but the truth is that I love Nordstrom just as much as the next person. Except maybe I just have less disposable income than the next Nordy’s lover? This year’s sale just feels like a blatant reminder that I can’t afford that $300 pair of boots, even if they are 87% percent off. So the moral of this story is give me all your money. Thanks and BYEEEEE.

Taylor’s birthday is next week and HELP I don’t know what to get him. <—– That was Zoey typing, definitely not me. Because unlike my ungrateful daughter, I have an incredibly thoughtful and meticulously chosen birthday gift that will knock his socks off.  

But seriously….help.

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Andddddddd the princess is awake! And I’m hungry. And she’s probably hungry. And I’d be willing to bet that Taylor is hungry too. We’re all hungry gotta go byeeeee. 

PS – Come back tomorrow because Friday Favorites are totally making a comeback!

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Kelli

    I would love a baby gear must-haves/waste of money blog post!! I’m due in October, I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your snapchats.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Ok YAY! And thanks for following! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yes to the baby gear post! I love hearing people’s opinions on that stuff. And amen to the Nordstrom post overload. I get it-there’s a big sale and everyone and their mom wants to tell me about the 5739 they ordered and reviewed them. I’m pretty sure my husband would kill me if I ordered $800 worth of stuff to try on and decide what to keep. Just me?ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I mean RIGHT. I don’t even really mind someone sharing their top favorites, but it’s really really hard for me not to feel like they’re just digging for affiliate links when it becomes MULTIPLE posts after posts after posts.

      And YAY to baby gear! It’s so tricky to know, because all babies and houses and families are so different, but I’m glad to hear a few people are interested!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yes, please share the list of baby items I need. Or rather the ones I don’t need, because I am probably buying all the wrong stuff. Thanks a ton!ReplyCancel

  • Toi

    My daughter is almost 3, but I want to see that list! I love seeing what works and what doesn’t work for other moms. I think it’s so interesting.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I agree, it really is interesting!ReplyCancel

  • Kayley

    1) Do NOT order the Sangria Tea thingamabob at Starbucks because it’s all sorts of not good. Just not good. Iced soy mocha with just one pump for life.

    2) Yes, for the love of whomever you pray/speak/silently curse to, enough with the Nordstrom sale. When one of my favorite interior design bloggers posted about all the clothes one should buy, I was like, “Ugh. Gross.” Then a cooking, A COOKING, blogger spit out 5 (!) posts about the sale, so I unfollowed because yo, I want my recipes, not your blatant grab for affiliate link money.

    That is all. Love your blog.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      UGH I KNOW. I looooove Starbuck’s but sometimes it blows my mind what they will serve. I saw apple juice was an ingredient and thought, “ummmmmmmm how is that at all like sangria?!”ReplyCancel

  • You crack me up. I love it. The crib transfer OMG. We did it at 2.5 months and I literally sat outside her door and sobbed while she took her first nap in the crib. Pathetic. It just seemed like such a grown up thing for her to do and I was not prepared for it to emotionally destroy me, but I was still thrilled beyond words at the same time. Which is pretty much motherhood in a nutshell.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I know, it’s like SUCH an independent move!! Definitely love/hate. And YES to motherhood…why why why is it so bittersweet all the time?!ReplyCancel

  • baby gear post=yes. I am pregnant with #2, and even in two years, stuff has changed so much that I feel like I need a refresher course on baby stuff. is that bad? because it makes me think i’ll need a lot of refreshing on how to take care of the actual baby again…ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Some of the stuff I saw while registering was flat out ridiculous. It really amazes me the things that people will throw their money at, and I can’t imagine how much the baby gear game changes from one kid to the next. At least you’re a seasoned pro now!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I’m pregnant and would love to read about baby gear!ReplyCancel

  • I would love a baby gear recommendations post! I’m due in December but already started on my registry because picking out baby gear is super overwhelming!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Okay y’all have talked me into it! :)ReplyCancel

  • HEATHER

    Wait What?! i love starbucks new Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato! I do agree about the Nordstorm sale tho. Its totally over advertised.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      OKAY – the more I read the glowing ICMMM reviews, the more I wonder if I just got a crappy barista version! But it’s probably good I hated it, I can’t really afford to go falling in love with anymore $5 drinks…YIKES. HahaReplyCancel

  • What IS the deal about the Nordstrom sale???? Thanks but no. Old Navy sales, now I can be down for that. Except I’m even too cheap for that sometimes. Help.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahahaha SAME. Like…if a shirt is under $10, that’s when I consider it a steal. Under $100?? UM NO. Why are we even talking about this?!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Oh please, oh please do one on all things baby gear love!!!!ReplyCancel

When I started writing this post it was 9:40 on Sunday night. It’s now 3:43 on Monday afternoon. 

HELPPPPPPPPP.

Our weekend was full and lovely and if I’m being honest maybe even a teeny tiny bit relaxing? I KNOW. Who would’ve thought?! 

On Friday evening, Taylor and I went out for a much needed and – wait for it – baby-free date night! We gorged ourselves on sushi, ice cream, and late night (decaf) coffee. I mean, all things in moderation…unless it’s Friday, right?;) 

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Saturday morning was about as lazy as can be when your roommate is a 5 month old early bird. So in lieu of actually sleeping in, we laid around in bed playing for as long as possible before getting ready for the day. 

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This girl was looking hella cute that morning, but before I could even get us out the door that precious baby tee was soaked THROUGH with drool. So an outfit change it was. I’m going to twin with her until she’s old enough to hate me for it.

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After running errands all morning, that afternoon we headed over to spend some time with our sweet friends Katie and Caroline.  

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Zo thinks that Katie is the most entertaining mama on the planet. And I’m just over here like, “Hey kid…you’re welcome for giving you LIFE.”

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Despite a very thorough talking-to, Zo still decided to wake me up at the butt crack of dawn on Sunday morning. No matter how little sleep we get, she is always radiant in the morning. 

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On Sunday Taylor, Zoey, and I headed to Dallas for lunch with my family. I grabbed little to no pictures, but stole this one of my brother and I because seeing him these days is a rarity. Also everyone say hello to Mimi, perpetual photobomber.  

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Weekends go like crazy these days, but I’m grateful for even a slight slow-down.

Here’s to a new week!:) 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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As of this past Saturday, I’m officially the mother of a five month old. And no, that isn’t a typo. Despite the fact that it feels like she was born five minutes ago – she really is five MONTHS old. 

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This past month was a BUSY one, but oh so much fun. Despite us being in major “go-mode,” Zo has been such a trooper. These days she seems to be always smiling, and I constantly feel like I’ve been blessed with the happiest baby on earth. 

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She’s a tiny little thing! Yesterday at her 5 month appointment she measured in around 13 pounds. But she is strong as can be and REFUSES to be held like a baby. Her preferred position is standing tall on my legs, and I’ve got permanent tiny toe bruises on my thighs to prove it. 

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Somewhere around the 3.5 month mark, this little girl really “woke up.” All of a sudden, there was a very obvious shift in her behavior. She went from a sleepy newborn to a social butterfly.She has no sense of stranger-danger, which means she loves EVERYONE. I can really tell that she’s constantly learning and soaking up her surroundings, and it really is the coolest thing to watch.

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This shift has also made working from home…tricky. To say the least. Long gone are the days where she’ll sit happily in the rock and play for hours at a time while I work. Oh no, this girl wants to be in on the action. Right now I do my best to take advantage of her naps (though they never last more than an hour) and evenings, but almost always end up working with her in my lap at some point during the day.

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Another development in the 5th month of Zo’s life? She is no longer a fan of the carseat. Oh no, NO SIREE. She used to love riding in the car (that may just be a typical sleepy newborn thing though) but now she hates it. I think it really stems from just wanting to constantly be doing what everyone else is doing, and hates missing out on the fun. When little girl has had enough of carseat time, she will let you know – LOUDLY.

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She’s still exclusively nursing, and I could never have predicted how much I would love it. After a bit of a tongue and lip-tie issue in the beginning, things have gone so smoothly. She’s a great little eater, and I’m so thankful for the little bond it’s given us. 

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On another note, she’s SO much of a boob girl now that she almost always refuses the bottle. Which makes trying to sneak away from her for more than a few hours…interesting…if not impossible (not that it’s something that happens a lot). We’re still working on getting her used to the occasional bottle, but she is 13 pounds of STUBBORN.

As far as sleep goes – this girl sleeps like a baby. Meaning, of course, that she still wakes up every few hours to nurse. These days she goes down for bed pretty consistently somewhere around 6:30-7pm, and will sleep anywhere from 12-3am. There really seems to be no pattern, no rhyme or reason. I actually stopped keeping track of when exactly she wakes up because at a certain point, what does it really matter? She’s still sleeping in our room in her bassinet, so whenever she wakes up I just pull her into bed where she nurses in her sleep and then put her back in the bassinet. I know we’re super lucky to have such an easygoing girl, so the whole waking up at night thing has actually felt pretty easy.

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Oh and that contraption she’s rocking up there? That’s the Magic Sleepsuit and it is THE BEST. All hail the inventor of the sleepsuit because once this little girl starting breaking free of the swaddle I instantly panicked and wondered how I’d ever get her to sleep again. Luckily my friend Katie had just discovered the wonders of the sleepsuit for her little girl, and it came so highly recommended that I hopped on Amazon and ordered one faster than you can say 2 day shipping. It truly is our nighttime LIFESAVER.

The past month we celebrated Zo’s first Father’s Day and first 4th of July. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, every little holiday or celebration feels SO SPECIAL with her in our lives. Seriously – too much sweetness to even handle.

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As far as milestones go, Zo can officially roll from back to belly, though it’s a semi-rare sighting. She loves to explore by reaching out and grabbing things, and will put anything and everything in her mouth.

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She’s obsessed with Taylor playing bagpipes, loves Sophie the Giraffe, laughs when you tickle her left armpit, and has recently discovered her thumb. It’s freaking adorable and also awesome since I no longer ALWAYS have to have a pacifier within arms reach. 

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Watching this little stinker grow is the most wonderful and somehow bittersweet experience of my life. ZoZo, I LOVE being your mom. Now just do me a favor and put a pause on the whole “growing up” thing okay?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Lindsay

    Your baby is the most precious baby in the history of babies. I love her so much.ReplyCancel

  • Deidre

    Aweee Nat I melted on this one, she is so precious keep posting all about her beautiful little life. We love itReplyCancel

  • I LOVE HER!! Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies? I knew I should have listened when people warned me that babies were tiny time machines!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      AHHHHH it’s the actual worst, make it stop!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    I loved this post. You have such an adorable baby, and this might sound weird but that breastfeeding picture is beautiful. Just out of curiosity, did you end up changing anything in the nursery since you ended up having a girl?ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thank you! And no we actually didn’t! There’s a pink blanket or two in there, but that’s about it! Decorating is definitely not my strong suit, I just don’t enjoy it all that much, so we’ve kept it basically as is. Still super gender neutral!ReplyCancel

  • the sleepsuit SAVED us when we were transitioning Amelia from her rock n play to her crib between 3-6 months. SAVED. US. all hail the creator indeed.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t get over how perfect she is, Nat!! She’s just beautiful, so expressive, and such a happy girl. LOVE!ReplyCancel